Harleen #1

Writer: Stejpan Sejic Artist: Stejpan Sejic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2019 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 45
8.6Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions. On that road I saw a pale man, and he smiled at me..." Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City-she just needs to prove it actually works. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist must take drastic measures to save Gotham from itself. Witness Harleen's first steps on a doomed quest that will give birth to the legendary super-villain Harley Quinn in this stunning reimagining of Harley and The Joker's twisted and tragic love affair by visionary storyteller Stjepan ejic (AQUAMA more

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Sep 25, 2019

    In the end, this is a book that I cannot recommend enough. Too often retellings have a tendency to try and shock the reader instead of providing a coherent story. In Harleen, Stjepan eji successfully takes the original material and adds to it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Sep 25, 2019

    Overall, Harleen #1is spectacular. It is a retelling fitting for the character that borrows enough for the original to keep it familiar but adds darker themes and tones that elevate it. Harleen #1is the best Harley Quinn story I have ever read. It manages to create something fresh from a story riddled with characters that have oversaturated DC Comics. The oversized issue, which retails at $7.99, is well worth the price. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 25, 2019

    Harleen deserves credit for attempting something new and ground-breaking with the character of Harleen Quinzel while building on what came before. How well it succeeds in the end remains to be seen, but this first chapter is the best thing to come out of DC's Black Label line to date, with strong writing and amazing artwork. It is a must read for every fan of Harley Quinn. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Sep 27, 2019

    What are your thoughts readers? Have you had the chance to read Harleen #1 yet? Are you as on edge as we are? Let us know in the comments below! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Sep 26, 2019

    Harleen #1 is packed with psychological curiosities and intrigue, taking readers tepidly into the tragedy that undoubtedly lies ahead. The result is a grim, yet thrilling exploration of one of DC's most notorious characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Sep 25, 2019

    This is such an intriguing book! The art is wonderful and the writing is crisp. It's refreshing to read this version of Harley Quinn as well: she is much more down-to-earth and serious, and the overall tone of the story makes this feel more like a psychological horror story than anything. Moreover, there are many interesting parallels to discover in the art and there is some eerie foreshadowing going on in the right places. If you're on the fence because you aren't into Harley Quinn comics, do give this one a chance"you won't regret it. Enthusiastically recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Sep 30, 2019

    Ultimately then, the narrative style is undoubtedly effective and the story, while certainly familiar, is truly gripping, but its the world class artwork that makes Harleen an absolutely essential purchase. If ever there was a perfect character for Sejic to sink his teeth into its Harley, and this series seems poised to deliver a tragic and nuanced retelling of this immensely powerful origin story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Sep 25, 2019

    The one thing this telling of Harley's origin lacks, so far at least, is a sense of humor. Harleen is characteristically glib, but none of her jokes seem to land, and the Joker isn't that funny either. Everything else, like any good tragedy, is weighed down by the reader's knowledge of where these characters are headed. It'll be interesting to see if eji can (or even cares to) lighten things up in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 25, 2019

    This is an artist showcase that turns into a surprisingly dialogue-dense book, and it establishes Stepan Sejic as one of the biggest multi-talents in DC's stable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Sep 25, 2019

    Overall, this book is an engaging read, though ultimately, at least at this stage, doesn't add anything really substantial to Harley or the Joker. The biggest impact on this book could well be the timing, coming on the heels so quickly of other Harley featured books. Still for fans of the Jim Lee anointed "fourth column of the DC Universe", this will be a must buy book and series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - David Finn Sep 26, 2019

    A compelling, mature take on the Harley mythos – a thought-provoking first issue in this miniseries which promises to be something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Sheena Fisher Sep 25, 2019

    Batman Fan? Read Harleen. Joker fan? Read Harleen. Gotham Fan? Read Harleen. Harley Quinn fan"obviously it doesn't need to be stated. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Sep 25, 2019

    All in all, this book is built on a familiar foundation and made Harley Quinn's backstory a lot stronger. While it easily could have been washed away into mediocrity by simply giving us more details about her backstory, eji wisely helps us get into her head and focuses on the nature and nurture side of Harleen to where we can see how she descends into her psychotic identity as Harley Quinn. It's a fascinating character study which I eagerly anticipate to continue, but don't get too close — you just might end up losing your sanity with her. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham Sep 25, 2019

    Harleen #1 is an interesting take on how Harleen Quinzel transformed into Harley Quinn. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Oct 1, 2019

    Stjepan eji's Harleen walks the fine line of romanticising a destructive relationship and showing its real ugliness. Hope he can keep up the good work. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cody Walker Sep 25, 2019

    Harleen #1 is her side of the story detailing how she became the murderous Harley Quinn. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Sep 26, 2019

    Harleen #1 is a wonderful opening chapter that allows for a singular, unique vision of one of DCs most popular characters. While notably different from other Harley Quinn projects, Harleen honors the characters history while forging ahead in a new direction that can serve as the characters defining origin story. Not since Mad Love has a Harley Quinn story been this good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Sep 26, 2019

    In "Harleen", Dr. Quinzel starts to dance with the devil in the pale moonlight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 25, 2019

    Harleen #1 presents Stjepan eji at his absolute best, constructing a sleek and sexy world that rarely falters in its storytelling, and one that strikes a far better balance between the distinct crafts of writing and art than most collaborative superhero comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Sep 27, 2019

    It's a slow build at times, but this issue rewards readers with what appears to be a promising look at Gotham and its larger-than-life inhabitants from the perspective of Harley Quinn. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 25, 2019

    When this book is clicking, it's an enjoyable read, but some of it seems like Sejic himself was having trouble getting his head around what he was working on. That inconsistency holds Harleen back from being a real standout for Black Label. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 25, 2019

    The art is phenomenal. I love how this story looks visually. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 27, 2019

    By the end of the issue, we are left with a promise of what is to come. I am excited to see what happens next. This is a beautiful first issue, and I hope the next issues are as good as this one was. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 25, 2019

    Alright, let's wrap this up.  I loved the art but the story was okay.  The overly romantic tones are what really brought me down overall.  I think that this story has promise but I think the set up took way too long.  Some parts were pretty repetitive and drawn out.  I loved all the character guest appearances.  I enjoyed all of the light psychological concepts presented in this book.  Also, on a side note, I didn't really like Batman's joke.  In conclusion, am I going to read the next chapter?  Sure, I guess. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Raistlin Sep 25, 2019

    Almost perfect. Reads more like Silence of the Lambs than a traditional Batman story. This is a character study of Harley in a way that has never been done before. Brilliant story telling from a master of the medium.

  • 6.5
    Nihilist Sep 25, 2019

    New-52's Harley origin was atrociously bad, in part because of her horrendous visual redesign, in part because it was just... miserable. It lacked any real emotions, humor, charm and heart, all of which were present in Paul Dini's legendary Mad Love. I'm sad to say, Harleen is as ininspired and bland as whatever New-52 spawned. It tries to be serious and mature, but it really feels like a cheap teen romance, except instead of a sparly vampire, there's a psychopathic clown. Feel free to call me out and say "hey, but that's Harley's distorted point of view", and I'd actually agree with you. Yes, it is. But it doesn't make the story any better - in fact, I'd say it makes it feel only more boring, since this version of Harley hardly has any rea more

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  • 5.0
    ohhaimark Sep 28, 2019


    -This was fine. Nothing special, nothing offensive.

    -The art was very good. Some weird facial expressions, but overall really nice looking.

    -The visuals for that opening dream sequence were nice.

    -Hey, Joker was great! His design was good, and Sejic writes him far better than any other character here.

    -I want that Batman/Joker two page splash on my wall. I know I already talked about the art, but it really stood out as especially awesome here.

    THE BAD:

    -I don't really find this story interesting at all. I don't really need to know how Harley got to Arkham, and anything that didn't involve the Joker was really quite boring, which is a pretty big mistak more

  • 10
    Anotherfan Sep 25, 2019

    Beautiful art and storytelling. Sejic réserves praise for this because i'm a little of Harley Quinn recently but this was pretty damn good

  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine Oct 4, 2019

    This comic was a rollercoaster for me. On the one hand, there were some things that I really liked. The art is really nice. There are some good character moments. I almost liked Harley several times! On the other hand... her study makes no sense. I’m sorry but it really doesn’t. It is fundamentally flawed, down to its very core. I cannot understand why she ever pitched it to industry when she quite clearly had not even put a single thought into how it might have industrial applications. Her process is a joke. Furthermore any dialogue spoken by the Joker is cringe central. Batman was just as bad. At the risk of outing myself as a huge nerd and a loser, I have read a fanfiction which used these exact same tropes for the Joker. Like I swea more

  • 6.0
    Psycamorean Sep 28, 2019

    This is fine. We all know where this is headed, and the journey isn't very interesting.

  • 10
    Grifter Sep 27, 2019

    Wow, it is actually absolutely amazing. Astonishing piece of art from Sejic and also surprisingly good story. I’m definitely in.

  • 10
    Azrael Sep 28, 2019

    After the dismal Superman origin story I was worried about this one but it was great! This is what Black Label should be with more adult themes and some swearing. The origin story was done extremely well as the Harley Wuinn story is a bit Manson-esque. The Joker is a mystery but he is a master manipulator.

  • 10
    M1sf1r3 Nov 21, 2019

    It's time. It's freaking time! Stjepan Sejic's Black Label book is here!

    The Good:
    I love character driven stories and this fulfils that to a tee.

    Harleen is very human and well-written. She's believable as a character.

    I love Sejic's interpretation of the Joker. Oozing charisma but if you cross him, the devil comes out.

    Speaking of, goddamn this art is brilliant. Sejic really nails it.

    But the writing is tightly written and plotted tremendously.

    The Bad:
    Some slight mistakes in art around the edges. Just something you notice if you look closely at the art.

    I loved Sejic's work on Sunstone (Yeah, I said it) and he doesn't di more

  • 10
    I Review Comics Dec 10, 2019

    The only selling point I had for this series was the art by St Jepan Sejic. I'm not the biggest fan of Harley Quinn to start and never got the appeal of the character beyond simply being Jokers sidekick. Her background as a brilliant psychotherapist was generally played for laughs or during brief moments of clarity.

    Harleen: Book 1 provides a definitive look at Harleen Quinzel and is the most mature and thoughtful take I've seen on the character. The book is entirely from Harleen's POV and the impression I gathered was that the book is generally being honest about her past and origins which is a big contrast to deep dives to Jokers origins

    We get a look at Harleen's early life before we finally get into her first enc more

  • 10
    Ryan Dec 20, 2019

    Harleen 1 is an absolutely incredible comic. Sejic’s art is beautiful and pure eye candy. I love a Harley origin done right, and so far, Harleen is just that. Sejic writes perfect dialogue and I was completely wrapped into the issue, never once bored or distracted.

  • 9.5

    This is the kind of Harley story we need. My only complaint is that Stejpan uses overused phrases a little too much (eg. Path to Hell is paved with good intentions, recycling door, and the definition of insanity). The art was beautiful and Harley is really well written.

  • 8.5
    Dave Sanj Sep 26, 2019

    A fresh and captivating take on the joker and Harley Quinn mythos. The only flaw I've noticed is that it seems to be predictable at some points and sometimes the humor falls flat.

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Sep 27, 2019

    "... And in my fear peralyzed state i can do no more than watch. I watch their surreal theater of shadow. I watch them drawing blood and breaking bones... Clawing and gnawing and tearing... I watch the madness. I watch them because i can't look away."
    -Harleen Quinzel

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Oct 1, 2019

    The artwork is excellent and Harleen's character is handled faithfully. I'll be reading the rest of the series for sure.

  • 7.5
    The Comic Book Pusher Sep 27, 2019

    Better on the outside than on the inside. Maybe the next issues will move it along more.

  • 7.5
    egonnn244 Sep 29, 2019

    "They call her Harley..."

    Stjepan Sejic decided to tackle a very, very popular subject nowadays, that is Harley and Joker relationship. And just like with Sunstone he proves he is both a great writer and an amazing artist.

    This book is triple the size of a normal comic book, but it reads practically by itself. The story has a great pacing with good, sometimes humorous, dialogue and with narration by Harley, in the form of hindsight which gives it a nice perspective of someone looking back at their mistakes thinking what they could have done better.

    I don't think there is much need to write about the art because anyone who saw the aforementioned Sunstone or any other of the Croat's works knows that he is grea more

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